Summer Safety

People love their pets and many treat them more like children than animals. If you have a dog, the summer months are the perfect time to take it with you on vacation, to the beach or to the park. Here’s how to protect your dog from summer heat, whether in the backyard or away from home.

Even though dogs are such an important part of our lives, it’s amazing how many people forget that dogs don’t sweat. They can’t cool down as efficiently as we can. So it’s important to be aware of the potential dangers of your dog developing ‘heat stroke’ during the warmer months.

Think about the breed of dog you own. If they have a heavy coat, dark coat, or have narrow nasal passages like Pekingese, Bulldogs, Boxers or Pugs, they may be more susceptible to heat. Dogs which have health problems may also be more predisposed to overheating. Continue reading

If you are like most people who enjoy the great outdoors, summer means packing bathing suits, sunscreen, and other gear for some quality family time at the beach.

Unfortunately, summer time also poses a dangerous risk especially for young kids. Statistics show that drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of 14.

The sad reality is that drowning can happen so quickly (sometimes in less than a couple of minutes) that even a good swimmer won’t be able to dive in and rescue someone in time.

So, the next time you take your family for a dip in the sea, make sure to practice out the following precautionary measures to ensure the safety of your kids. Continue reading

Vacation time is just around the corner. Yay! The summer heat may have you looking for a way to escape to a place with cool breezes and lots of refreshing water.

If you’re lucky, you will be making your way to the beach for fun in the sun and riding the waves.

If you’re going to spend time at the beach and intend to play in the surf, here’s what you need to know about swimming in oceans.

Following these tips could make your vacation fun, safe, and memorable.

Also, adhering to these basic safety measures could actually mean life (or staying alive) – as opposed to the grim alternative if they are ignored – for you or a family member. Continue reading